AIM’s Future Independents conference back for second year

The Association of Independent Music (AIM)’s digital conference Future Independents, designed to empower DIY artists, labels, managers and entrepreneurs, is set to return on Wednesday, June 8.

Launched last year, the event aims to provide attendees with the knowledge and connections they need to develop in the music industry, whether starting out or looking to progress to the next step in their career. The conference will be broadcast online from 10am to 6pm BST and is free to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker is Grammy and BRIT-award winning singer, songwriter, economist and music entrepreneur Camille Purcell (known as KAMILLE), who has worked with the likes of Dua Lipa, Little Mix and Stormzy. She will be interviewed by Radio 1 presenter Jess Iszatt, who also presents and produces the BBC Music Introducing in London show.

Topics of the day include #CreateSuccess - Set up your business and start making money; Breaking Beyond Borders – A look at why international showcasing is important and how you can get funded to do it; and Know your stitching from your duetting – The power of short form video content. Details of speakers and additional topics will be announced in due course.

There will be networking opportunities throughout the day, with attendees able to pre-book meetings with key industry experts, while practical workshops hosted by AIM’s Annual Platinum Partners on how best to optimise their services, including Spotify, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Music, will be available.

Esta Rae, AIM’s senior events manager, commented: “With this year’s Future Independents we want to build on the success of last year, reaching an even wider audience of creators and entrepreneurs and helping them to learn the rules of the game. Improving access to industry knowledge and networking opportunities is essential to building a fairer, more diverse, and thriving independent music scene.

“We’re very excited to welcome Kamille for this year’s keynote, as a creative and entrepreneur who embodies AIM’s values, not only in her own career as an artist and songwriter but in her work fostering new and exciting talent.”